Ricardo Rocha (footballer, born 1962)

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Ricardo Rocha
Italia vs Brasile - Bologna - 1989 - Gianluca Vialli e Ricardo Rocha.jpg
Rocha defending v Italian striker
Gianluca Vialli in 1989
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Roberto Barreto Rocha
Date of birth (1962-09-11) 11 September 1962 (age 60)
Place of birth Recife, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982 Santo Amaro
1983–1984 Santa Cruz 12 (0)
1985–1988 Guarani 63 (1)
1988 Sporting CP 10 (1)
1989–1991 São Paulo 43 (0)
1991–1993 Real Madrid 67 (0)
1993 Santos 15 (0)
1994–1995 Vasco da Gama 32 (2)
1996 Olaria
1996 Fluminense 5 (0)
1997–1998 Newell's Old Boys 36 (5)
1998–1999 Flamengo 16 (0)
Total 299 (9)
National team
1987–1995 Brazil 38 (0)
Teams managed
2001 Santa Cruz
2007 CRB
2008 Santa Cruz
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1994 USA
Copa América
Runner-up 1991 Chile
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ricardo Roberto Barreto da Rocha (born 11 September 1962) is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Rocha was born in Recife. During his career he represented Manchete Futebol Clube do Recife (then known as Associação Atlética Santo Amaro), Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, Guarani Futebol Clube, Sporting Clube de Portugal (having a brief spell with the Primeira Liga giants), São Paulo FC, Real Madrid – where he helped to the 1993 conquest of the Copa del ReySantos FC, CR Vasco da Gama, Olaria Atlético Clube, Fluminense FC, Newell's Old Boys and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, retiring at nearly 37.

Rocha was coach of Santa Cruz in 2001[1] and 2007,[2] without, however, the same success as a player.

International career[edit]

Rocha played 38 matches with the Brazilian national team in eight years, his debut coming on 19 May 1987 in an exhibition game with England (1–1). He went on to take part in two FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994.

In the latter edition Rocha was the starting center back. However, he could only appear 69 minutes for the eventual champions, a 2–0 group stage win against Russia, remaining injured for the remainder of the tournament. His last international match was also a friendly, a 5–0 win over Slovakia on 22 February 1995.



Santa Cruz
São Paulo
Real Madrid





  1. ^ "Paulo César, Janduir e Valdomiro já à disposição de Ricardo Rocha" [Paulo César, Janduir and Valdomiro already available for Ricardo Rocha]. Jornal do Commercio (in Portuguese). 23 March 2001. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Ricardo Rocha e Zé do Carmo assumem o Santa Cruz" [Ricardo Rocha and Zé do Carmo take over Santa Cruz]. UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 26 November 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2009.

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